With his hit AMC series “Breaking Bad” nearing its final season premiere, Bryan Cranston scored the cover of GQ”s August 2013 issue.
While rocking designer duds from Calvin Klein and Gucci for the Nathaniel Goldberg-shot spread, the “Argo” actor chatted about saying goodbye to his character Walter White and gives hints about the series” big finish.
Check out GossipCenter”s recap of Mr. Cranston”s interview below. For more, be sure to visit GQ!
On becoming Walter:
“I actually thought of my father, how he stands hunched, burdened. We didn”t have Walt stand erect until he became Heisenberg. I said, “I want his mustache to look impotent. I want people to look at it and go, why bother” I thought he should wear clothes that blend into the wall: beige, sand, taupe, khaki. His hair should be a mop. Nothing”s remarkable about this man.”
On Walter”s transformation:
“What happened to Walt is something I related to, if I”m truly honest with myself. I”ve come to realize that I think everybody is capable of that. If you came into a condition where you were under tremendous stress. And if I knew what buttons to push that threatened you and yours… You could become an extremely dangerous person.”
On “Breaking Bad” spoilers:
“I had notions. Like, “What if he created this toxic world around him and, because of his actions, everybody he loved died and he had to stay alive” But then I”d think, “He”s wrought so much, he has to die. Doesn”t he” But if he dies, what does he die of Maybe he dies of cancer. After all this other danger! But my true answer of how I wanted it to end, my honest answer, is this: however Vince Gilligan wants it to end.”
On his past violent urges:
“I had one girlfriend I wanted to kill. And I envisioned myself killing. It was so clear. My apartment had a brick wall on one side, and I envisioned opening the door, grabbing her by the hair, dragging her inside, and shoving her head into that brick wall until brain matter was dripping down the sides of it. Then i shuddered and realized how clearly I saw that happened. And I called the police because I was so afraid. I was temporarily insane – capable of doing tremendous damage to her and to myself.”